Being new,, I'll keep it short ;)
My wife and I are also avid x-country skiers!!
But, After many years of owning dogs,, we were at the state where we would see WHO wanted to take them out for a walk AGAIN!! It was getting to be a chore....
Now after the Emergency surgery,
and slowly starting to walk more....
walking the dogs has become like a cherished treasure in my life!
Everything has a special brightness to it, it seems!!!